High A Dish: Lara’s Circus Day

As we did last year, we’ll look around the minors every weekday with the Daily Dish, a supplement to the Baseball America Prospect Report, which is available by e-mail every weekday.

Christian Lara found himself on both the winning and losing team of Lancaster’s 6-3 win; Rick Porcello made his second start of the season and Eric Hacker was perfect for Tampa. 


• Lancaster (Red Sox) 6, Inland Empire (Dodgers) 3, 18 Innings, Suspended game resumed

The 18 innings of baseball isn’t even the best part of this story. This game originally started on Monday. It was suspended after the 15th because of time regulations and resumed yesterday. Lancaster strung together some hits in the 18th and closed the door in the bottom half for the win, but shortstop Christian Lara was really the center of the story.

Now, try to follow this: Lara started on the bench for Lancaster on Monday. The game was suspended and afterwards, Lara was notified that he had been traded to the Dodgers for Eric Hull. Lara had been assigned to Inland Empire. So that means, when the game resumes, he’d be on the opposite bench. But, his belongings were still in Lancaster so he rode the bus back with them to gather them. However, now that he was Dodgers property, he couldn’t return to Inland Empire on the Lancaster bus for liability reasons. So the 66ers sent a clubbie to pick Lara up and bring him back to San Bernardino to meet his new team. Lara spent the final three innings on the 66ers bench, but he didn’t get into the game.

"There wasn’t anything like that," Lara said. "We just played for fun and didn’t worry about who was on the team. I never have been through this, but it’s exciting."

Lara said it was a weird situation, but he’s looking forward to playing for the Dodgers system.

"I feel great," Lara said. "I feel good with this team. I feel I have an opportunity to go to the majors."

Reid Engel went 5-for-8 for Lancaster.

• Inland Empire (Dodgers) 3, Lancaster (Red Sox) 1, Game 2

First baseman Lars Anderson hit his first home run of 2008, but the 66ers scored two runs in the fifth and held on for the win.

• Bakersfield (Rangers) 5, Stockton (A’s) 2

Bakersfield third baseman Johnny Whittleman was 4 for 5 with a double and two runs scored as the Blaze scored four runs in the first inning on their way to the win. Righthander Fautino de los Santos was tagged with his second loss of the season. He went five innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out seven.

• High Desert (Mariners) 5, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) 2

Righthander Sean O’Sullivan threw six innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He struck out seven in the quality start but was hit with the loss.


• Tampa (Yankees) 1, Dunedin (Blue Jays) 0, 10 Innings

Righthander Eric Hacker was perfect for seven innings, but got a no decision because the Yankees couldn’t push a run across until the bottom of the tenth. Lefthander Sean Henn replaced Hacker in the top of the eighth and immediately allowed the first baserunner, a single by outfielder Seth Fortenberry. Brian Dopirak singled in the ninth, but that was all Dunedin could get.

Second baseman Chris Kunda led off the Tampa’s half of the tenth with a single and was sacrificed over by outfielder Tim Battle. Third baseman Mitch Hilligoss was intentionally walked and Edwar Gonzalez followed with the game winning single.

Lefthander Brett Cecil started the game but only threw 1 2/3 innings. He gave up one hit and one walk and struck out two. Travis Snider and J.P. Arencibia combined to go 0 for 7 with five strikeouts for Dunedin.

• Jupiter (Marlins) 3, Vero Beach (Rays) 2

Lefthander Graham Taylor made his first start of the season and continued to look like he did in 2007. Last year, between low Class A Greensboro and Jupiter, he walked only 23 batters in 174 innings.

On Tuesday he went seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out nine and walking none.
Outfielder Greg Burns led the offense with two hits and two RBIs. All of Jupiter’s six hits were singles.

• Fort Myers (Mets) 2, Clearwater (Phillies) 1

Lefthander Joe Savery made his second start, but couldn’t get enough offensive support to take home a win. Savery threw seven innings, giving up seven hits, two walks, two runs and striking out two.

• Sarasota (Reds) 7, Lakeland (Tigers) 3

Rick Porcello was the tough luck loser in his second start. He pitched five innings, giving up four hits and striking out four. He walked none, but Lakeland committed five errors in the game and Porcello had four unearned runs in his line for the night. Sarasota third baseman Juan Francisco was 2 for 4 with a double, RBI and run scored.


• Frederick (Orioles) 8, Kinston (Indians) 7

Frederick catcher Matt Wieters was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and first baseman Chris Vinyard hit his first home run of the season.

Kinston first baseman Beau Mills was 3 for 4 with three RBIs, but the rally came up short in the ninth with the tying run on third base. Mills hit his first home run in the third inning with one man on.

• Lynchburg (Pirates) 7, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 5

Lefthander, and the fourth overall pick in 2007, Daniel Moskos made his first start. He threw five innings and gave up five runs, three of which were unearned. He struck out one, but left the game down by one. The Hillcats scored three in the top of the ninth to win.

• Potomac (Nationals) 2, Myrtle Beach (Braves) 0

Righthander Jordan Zimmerman made his first appearance of the season, throwing four innings, striking out six and walking three. He gave up just two hits and earned a save in the game. Making a rehab start, Shawn Hill showed that he may be ready to return to D.C. Hill threw five scoreless innings, showing a 91 mph fastball.

"I think that if I go out there and throw the way I should be able to throw, I don’t think the arm is going to hold me back at this point," Hill said. "It’s going to be more of a performance issue."

• Salem (Astros) 4, Wilmington (Royals) 3, 14 Innings

Catcher Koby Clemens went 3 for 6 with a double, triple and RBI, but Cesar Quintero’s double in the 14th plated Jordan Parraz and sealed the deal.